Support for Urban Refugees (SUR)
Donor: UNHCR, BPRM
Location: Sana’a City
Project Duration: January 1 – December 31, 2011
Target beneficiaries: Refugees, vulnerable Yemenis
The Support for Urban Refugees (SUR) project aims to improve the livelihoods and community participation of urban refugees and vulnerable Yemenis in Sana’a. The project has entered its second year with funding from UNHCR and the US State Department, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM). The Safia Community Development Center, established in December 2009 and where SUR activiites have been condcuted since then, serves about 300 refugees and vulnerable Yemenis on a daily basis. The project targets motivated students who seek to improve and expand their skills in order to increase their livelihood opportunities and better interact with the host community. Training, awareness-raising and activities and community events are all made possible thanks to the continuous efforts of a dedicated team of local staff, volunteers and community members.
Throughout the year, SUR staff are offering courses in English and Arabic languages, computer and catering to the target communities in addition to monthly small business management, leadership and career planning workshops.
Vocational trainings are becoming more and more popular as they often lead to enhanced employment opportunities. Short-term training sessions – beautician, ticketing, mobile repair – started in June 2011 while long-term trainings - all in the medical field – are expected to start as soon as September 2011.
During the month of Ramadan (August 2011), courses are scheduled in the evening while additional activities are conducted at night such as cultural and language competitions, chess tournament, football matches and other informal sporting and cultural venues.
Conversation classes for Arabic and English students are expected to resume in September. A new boxing class will be offered after Eid as well. A training session for SUR day-care providers has also been scheduled for September 2011.